With California's 2010 deadline for state utilities to meet 20 percent of electricity demands fast approaching, and the 2016 goal of 125 megawatts' worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations not far behind, one utility is working to see that its obligations are met.
Regardless of its many advantages, we’ll be among the first to admit that solar power isn’t exactly a renter-friendly technology. Whether you live in an apartment, condo or multi-family home, the prospect of installing a solar panel array, however attractive, is for the most part dimmed by the temporality of your residence. However, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has a program on offer for renters and others who do not currently reside in a single-family home, with an interest in going solar.
As observers are pointing out, to date, only a fraction of the federal stimulus funds have been doled out. A full two-thirds of the $787 billion promised by Washington is still left to be disbursed in 2010. The lag is even more pronounced when it comes to government investment in clean energy development: as Bloomberg reports, the U.S., China and other large economies are together sitting on 91 percent of the $177 billion promised in so-called "green stimulus funds."